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October 6, 2022

PM Tudose: Salaries, pensions will go up next year, Government programme will be observed to the letter

Salaries and pensions will go up next year and the budget projection for 2018 will also take into account the development of Romania, Prime Minister Mihai Tudose said on Wednesday, adding that “the government programme will be observed to the letter and to the digit”.

“We start from what is important, it is one of the most important documents that a Government issues and it is important for the country and for carrying out the government programme. It is important to have it done well, to observe certain parameters within which we are constrained, but also with our free commitment, that deficit below 3pct. We must meet the budgetary allocations for pensions, for salaries within it; do not forget that the salary law comes into force on January 1, this moment we are fine-tuning this law. We have promised, together with the party, the party with the Government, that no one would receive less money, everyone would have higher incomes. That is what we are working on and that will happen,” Mihai Tudose said in a telephone interview for Antena 3 when asked about the importance of the draft budget for 2018.

Asked if the increase in pensions and salaries will be made next year, the prime minister said: “Salaries – definitely, pensions – surely. From next year, the pension point increases from 1,000 lei to 1,100 lei. (…) We observe the government programme to the letter and to the figure”.

Tudose also added that the 2018 budget projection is also considering the development side of Romania.

Regarding the budget deficit, the prime minister confirmed that Romania’s deficit was 4.1pct in the second quarter, but pointed out that at the end of the year it would be seen that Romania is within the parameters agreed with foreign partners.

The prime minister said that on Wednesday he with part of his Cabinet members, with his Social Democrat colleagues, with PSD Chairman Liviu Dragnea and Minister of Transport Felix Stroe established Romania’s development strategy for the next years.

“And I think that we will finally have a development strategy in the real sense of the word, real and normal, in the next years,” Tudose said.

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